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November 24, 2015updated 10 Mar 2022 7:42am

Shipping and aviation to account for 40% of all CO2 emissions in 2050

A new scientific study published by the European Parliament has revealed that the shipping and aviation sectors will contribute 40% of all CO2 emissions in 2050 if left unchecked.

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The study found that shipping alone could be responsible for 17 % of global CO2 emissions in 2050 if left unregulated .

The findings come just days ahead of the Paris Climate Change Conference ( COP21 ).

Currently , carbon emissions from maritime shipping represent up to 3 % of the global total .

According to a study by International Maritime Organisation ( IMO ), the UN body tasked with tackling the climate impacts of shipping , shipping greenhouse gas emissions are up 70 % since 1990 .

The IMO study also found that the carbon emissions from international maritime shipping could increase by 250 % in the period to 2050 if left unregulated .

T & amp ; E shipping policy officer Sotiris Raptis said : “ Now we know that , left unregulated , ships and airplanes could be responsible for almost 40 % of global emissions in 2050 if other sectors decarbonise . < div class =” rightpullquote “>” Any deal in Paris must lead to an emissions reduction target and measures for shipping and aviation , otherwise the efforts of all other sectors of the global economy to meet the two degree target could be derailed .” div > “ Any deal in Paris must lead to an emissions reduction target and measures for shipping and aviation , otherwise the efforts of all other sectors of the global economy to meet the two degree target could be derailed .”

In October , environmental groups Seas At Risk , Transport and Environment ( T & amp ; E ) and the Marine Conservation Society revealed that the draft of the Paris climate agreement to be signed in December , will exempt the aviation and shipping sectors from targeted CO2 emissions cuts .

Additionally , the groups have sent a dossier to delegates attending the IMO 2015 Assembly in London to explain the impacts of increasing emissions from the industry .

The groups are urging that the IMO set targets and agree emissions reduction measures that are consistent with shipping .

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